So I know it’s all old news now, But I thought I might add some stories as I mentioned before about the fun stuff me & mine have been up too. To go way back. Shortly after writing my other “Cool Pineda Story” I had another even cooler moment. I finally got to meet him in person & get him to sign the Line~Up Cards. I got word shortly after I lost my blog (see previous post…) that he would be making an apperance in the Mill Creek area. I took my kids with me & headed off to the meet. I must say he really was a gracious person, Totally unassuming. As he strolled in past us to the meet area he gave us all a big smile and a wave. He was so unassuming that if it weren’t for his unmissable size I might not of even looked up to see who he was as he strolled up to the door!
When we finally got our turn to meet him He was again gracious. I let my kids go first. My son & Daughter got their old gloves signed. As he was signing The kid’s stuff, I began talking to him in Spanish & he visibly realxed even more & got a big smile on his face. We couldnt get very far past the plesantries however as the other people ther helping with crowd control & assisting Pineda kept asking me questions in English. They were asking about where we were down from & what we were having signed, etc. I think partly they were uncomfortable not understanding our Spanish conversation, but also that I was the only one who brought Line~Up cards to sign which they had not seen before & I think that piqued their interest..(Granted, at the time I was the only one who owned any Line~Up cards with Pineda listed on them…;-) As Pineda was signing his first game Line~Up card they asked me what it was & I told them. Then as I was going to to hand him the first win card they asked “and what is that one?” by this time Pineda was holding it off the table & staring at it. Before I could answer Pineda said in perfect English & still staring at the Line~Up, “It’s My First Win….” He then signed it & handed it back to me with a big Smile & said, “Thank You.” I’m guessing he ment thank’s for letting him see the cards, I’m not exactly sure. After exchanging final plesantries we left. It was definitely a fun family moment we will cherish.
A month or two later I was actually able to obtain the Toronto Blue Jays version of Pineda’s first win Line~Up card & I found out a little bit of cool trivia about it. When the Toronto Card arrived from Canada I noticed that it was done in Calligraphy and was actually a much more visually appealing piece. I have a couple of other cards done in simillar style & I was wondering who filled this one out. Well to make the long story short Don Wakamatsu was the Blue Jays bench coach that year & had been doing the Line~Up cards for them. Just an interesting tidbit that the M’s reciently Fired Skipper ends up being the one to pen the card for the opposing team just a few short months later! I guess it just goes to show you how connected the Basball really is, huh? ;-)
We all know the rest of the Pineda Story to date…The following January the “Friday the 13th”
deal is pulled off & we send Pineda off to the Yanks for Montero (to simplify it….) And apparently the Yankees for once got the Cursed end of the deal with Pineda suffering a Season Ending Injury shortly afterwards before the Season even started. Now after the end of the 2012 season & rolling around to 2013 we’ve learned that Pineda will probably not be avalible till Mid Season this year. It looks like it might become a bigger hill to come back from, but if anyone can do it I think he can. I tell you what, I wouldn’t mind seeing him get back into the Minors Frey Mid Season & then see the Yanks give up on waiting for him after the end of the season. Then the M’s could pick him back up & we can have him back with the trainers & organization that helped him rise to the ranks of a Rookie All Star! I know it’s a bit of wishful thinking…;-) Over all I’d like to just see him make it back to the Bigs for a sustained, non injured streach.
Well, That’s my Pineda, The Rest of the Story…..
I hoped you enjoy & Feel Free to comment what you thought below…(even if it’s to tell me I’m a complete Idiot… ;-) )
Stay tuned for my stories coming soon about our trip to meet Felix or about an unexpected Meeting of MarinerOz in Kings Court!
It’s Time 2 Rise!!!
Onward & UPWARD!!!
Well…After 2 years my blog hasn’t been the Titanic, But 3 posts does not a true Blog Make! ;-)
As the year has turned to 2013 I thought I might as well try again to make it into the frey & Create a real Blogger of Me Yet!
So many things have happened since I started 2 years back. We’ve lost Players…
(most noteably Ichiro *sniff*)
We’ve Gained Players….Hultzen, Montero, now Morales etc, etc.
Felix Pitched that Perfect Game!!!! Gotta luv THAT!!!!
On the home front My now 9 y/o switch hitting power hitter has added Pitching to his resume. He was aske to be the main Starter last year at age 8 for his 10U team. Yeah….I’m a proud Papa…..d;-)
I lost my blog…….Yeah…truly it happened….around the Summer after I started this Blog I got a junk style eMail saying “hey, we may have made a mistake by letting all you wannabe lam~Os register these Quazi MLBish Blogs & now to rectify the problem we will deleteyour blog unless you expressly express that you do not want us to experess ship your blog to the virtual round file…..Oh & please let us know before this fast approaching deadline….” O.K…O.K….Maybe I’m paraphrasing just a bit, but that was the distinct feel of the eMail I found…..1 day after the deadline…. Sure enough too as promised I couldn’t log on via the “normal” method & I was sure I had lost My Mind…..Well…My Mariner’s Mind blog at least…d;-) Lucky for me (in this case anyway) nothing is truly lost on the World Wide Web & after a year of searching I broke back into my blog & claimed it as my own!!!….Then my computer died….true story! Now I gave My wife a new LapTop for Christmas and have recieved her old one as a “hand~me~down” Sneaky me to get a new…er…new~to~me~personally computer huh!
So that is my long convoluted story that brings me here to the reBoot of Mosiah’sMarinerMind!
I have tons of stories to share, from meeting Felix with the Kids To becoming the Mariners Royal Family in the King’s Court (that’s what Kevin Cremin called us in Sept. as we shared an elevator & a walk through the Safeco Field Garage this last Sept. ;-) I’ve picked up some cool new memorabilia including the First Item Ever to be signed Larry Bernandez by Felix! After meeting Felix too I now have the first Item ever to be signed “Jerry Vernanders”!!! SO I guess “Jerry” has a last name now huh! ;-) & of course I will be adding stories here & there on how my future HOFer is doing on his rise to greatness as well…(he got his very first trading card with his name, et al on it last year! Limited run of course….only like 10 copies…..;-)
I hope to check in again soon! (& maybe see how many people are actualy seeing this too! ;-)
As some of you may know this comment was removed from the comment boards for reasons unclear. As I have to take “the boy” to his Little league game soon I will Just copy and post the entire thing here and maybe try and give the updated/extended version later. Thanx to all the Readers and feel free to comment.
O.K. the Boy’s game cancelled so I have more time…
Well, here it is. My maden voyage as a blogger. ( Lets hope it’s not like the Titanic’s) I have noticed that some of my posted comments seem to be growing lengthy and I thought, since I’m writing so much anyways, I might as well try getting my thoughts down and organized here.
Well, to start off, as some of you may know who have read my posts I am a self proclaimed practical or pragmatic optimist. Basically when the chips are down I acknowledge it while looking for the good or for improvement. And when things go well I go crazy happy ;-)
As to the Mariners Ive been a fan since 1993 when I moved up here. (A good time I think to jump into the Mariners frey) Before that I was a fan of baseball on a whole, and spent my childhood a Dodgers fan, having been raised in L.A. and brought to games and introduced to the sport be my grandfather. The two loves grampa gave me were coin collecting, and baseball. I still remember him taking me as a kid to Dodger Stadium…the nosebleed seat, the binoculars, the Dodger Dogs…all remembered with fondness. I have been trying to instill the same love of the game in my kids now as was given to me. I bring them to as many games as I can a year and we listen to the rest on the radio. My daughter plays middle school softball (though she prefers hardball) and my second son is already switch hitting off live pitches at 7. All of my kids have been attending games at Safeco Field since before they can remember and three of four of them before there 1st birthday. My 1st son was only 4 months old when he watched the M’s win their 114th game of 2001! We have another son on the way for this July by the Allstar break and I hope to continue our traditions with him.
I still follow the Dodgers lightly, as they being in the National League I don’t feel any rivalic hatred as a now die hard Mariners fan. As I referenced before I was at Safeco the day the Mariners played their rescheduled game against Texas when they got there league tying record 114 win. I attended the Dave Niehaus celebratory day after he made Cooperstown. We drove the whole family to spring training when Griffey returned, and we were at The Safe to hear the cheers as Griffey came in late to hit one to help win the game. I was there as Sweet Lou threw his final tirade in Safeco last year, a moment I am glad my kids had the chance to see. We’ve watched Ichiro’s amazing plays and steadiness over the years as well as King Felix’s rise to greatness. And many, many more moments that we will charish. My love for coin collecting has now spilled over into memoribilia collecting. I have every Ichiro bobblehead ever given away at Safeco, as well as those of Griffey. I also have all the game day rosters from the last full home series Griffey was listed on. As well many others nicks and nacks with ties to baseball history. I love the feeling of having a piece of baseball history in the house that the kids can grow up with and feel a part of. Yeah.. I’m kinda a fanatic.
Well, thats enough about me and mine for now. I will come back later with more on the Mariners and my optimism for the future. thanks for reading!